Famous Last Words

Anyone that would like to keep in touch is free to drop me a line at misbehavedwoman@gmail.com or, if you’re on FB, you can find my personal account here. I’m scaling back my online life all the way around but can’t see myself just up and disconnecting from everything so I will still be around…I just won’t be making new posts or promoting/updating this blog anymore.

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Nothing left for a dreamer now, only one final serenade…

And these are the last words I have to say
Before another age goes by
With all those other songs I’ll have to play
But that’s the story of my life

And it’s so clear standing here where I am
Ain’t that what justice is for?
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn anymore…

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A millions thanks to everyone for making my time here such a wonderful, educational, uplifting and enlightening experience.

Peace, Blessings, Best Wishes and Love to All ~ Rebecca

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Just  a fun little tune as we head into the weekend.

Get your groove on & have a great one! 

~Reb

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Courage To Grow

This is a song for those
Who lost their hope
A long a long time ago
I know someday that you will find it somehow
Because you’re not too old
To accomplish goals
And all the answers are within your soul
It’s up to you, you gotta figure it out
Uh huh

Whether you want love or money
Good fortune or fame
You want a brand new card
You want the world to change
You better take some action right now, oh yes
Because there’s nothing in the world that you can’t get
So don’t fill your life with confusion and regret
You better take some chances right now

Well you can gain the world
But for the price of your soul
Yes I know, well I know, yes I know
You can gain the world for the price of your soul
But I hope you take the road less traveled
And I hope you find the courage to grow
Well I hope you find the courage to grow…

So now you’re 45
And you realize
Just what you wanna do with your life
Just took some time for you to figure it out
Cause everyone one of us
Has a purpose here
Sometimes it’s hidden underneath your fear
Just takes some time for the truth to come out

So whether you want love or money
Good fortune or fame
You want a brand new card
You want the world to change
You better take some action right now, oh yes
Because there’s nothing in the world that you can’t get
So don’t fill your life with confusion and regret
You better take some chances right now

Well you can gain the world
But for the price of your soul
Yes I know, well I know, yes I know
You can gain the world for the price of your soul
But I hope you take the road less traveled
And I hope you find the courage to grow
Well I hope you find the courage to grow…

Dear World…Peace

Dear Peoples of The World,

The government of the United States does not represent the majority of Americans. To the citizens of Ukraine (and all others damaged by US foreign policy)…We, The People, wish you no harm and I sincerely apologize for the chaos our government interference has caused in your lives…

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John Butler Trio: Revolution

~♫~ So tell me family now what do you think? 
Watch it all go in the great big sink. 
Watch how the scum it rises to the top. 
Don’t you wonder when it’s all gonna stop? 
Sometimes I wonder how we do sleep, 
serving the dodgy companies we keep. 
All kicking and scrounging for the very first place – dictionary definition of a rat race. 
Pay off those losers we elect to lead, 
stealing from the mouths that we’re meant to feed. Enslaving the very clothes upon my back, 
I feel the sting but I hear no crack, no crack,
I’m saying 

Running through the fire, running through the flame, running through the hatred, pushing through the blame, running through the hopelessness and shame, 
revolution already underway…

Big Heavy Pirates man digging those holes, 
messing with something that they can’t control. Trespassing lands where they don’t belong, 
all I hear is screaming where there once were songs. 
I got my brothers they’re fighting those wars, 
fighting over scraps and scraping their sores. 
Under a blanket of a fire and pride that can’t keep us warm for the cold inside, inside,
I’m saying 

So tell me when you think we’re gonna rise? 
Wake from this slumber wipe the tears from our eyes? Yes from this nightmare yes I must now wake, 
open my fist my destiny I take! 
Good people sick and tired of being pushed around, 
we call them kings but I see no crown. 
Tell me when you think we’ll just stand up? 
Saying enough is enough is enough, enough,
I’m saying

 Take back your feet, take back your hands, 
take back your words, take back your land. 
Take back your heart, take back your pride, 
don’t got to run, don’t got to hide.

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Fingers Mitchell Cullen

Voted Australia’s Number One Home Grown Talent as Seen Live on National TV to Millions Performing as a Special Guest on Australia’s Got Talent Grand Final . With his own unique style, Fingers is fast becoming known for his outstanding speed and 12 string guitar skills. Not prepared to rest at that, he is also an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, having mastered the didgeridoo, slide guitar, stomp box, harmonica, percussion, and banjo whilst topping it all off as a singer/ song-writer.

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Fukushima: I See Fire But No One Is Listening To The Warning

 If someone yells fire in building, everyone will leave the building and the fire department will come to put out the fire. Fire is visible, smoke smells bad, and it burns with great heat that can be felt. 

Multiple Fukushima radioactive fires are raging out of control underground. Many people are yelling fire, but no one is responding. Worse than that, most people either ignore or attack the person yelling fire or deny that there is even a fire. Why? 

A Green Road Project - Published on Feb 17, 2014 “A radioactive fire is invisible, it has no odor, it has no sound, and it has no feeling on the skin like the heat of a normal fire. Instead of killing quickly like a physical fire, radiation from an out of control radioactive fire (corium) attacks health slowly, over many years, killing from the inside, not the outside. The cause of a radioactive fire that kills people from within by cancer, leukemia, heart problems, diabetes, other health issues or 1,000 genetic diseases, is most often not even identified, but blamed on something else entirely.

There is an out of control radioactive fire raging at Fukushima, and it is growing worse and worse over time. That out of control radioactive fire at Fukushima has already poured an avalanche of radioactivity that will ‘burn’ millions and potentially billions of people from within over the next 10 to 20 years.

The Fukushima radioactive fire is pouring an avalanche of killing radiation into the Pacific, with no end in sight, and the amount of radiation is increasing exponentially over time. Fukushima in Japan is NOT in ‘cold shutdown’ and it is not being ‘decommissioned’.

The radioactive fires underground are raging, consuming all life. They are growing, becoming more intense, but the fire department has not even been called, and most people are ignoring it completely.”

The name of the song is “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran but it was performed by Rebecca Shearing. Her site is rebeccashearingofficial.com

Jumping For Joy!

Ahhhh…Friday! 

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My weekly witching hour of blogging has arrived, I think. The sun is sunning, the bees are buzzing and we are set for record high temps here this weekend…My hubby, a few Coronas (with lime, please!), cut-offs and my long-neglected yard-n-garden are calling for me to come out and play…so I am out of here until Monday.

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As I head out, I leave you with some critters jumping for joy, happy tunes for tonight’s full moon o’ love and wishes for a wonderful weekend! ~Reb

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Maybe we’ll head out for a drive tonight just so I can watch the moon follow the car…

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Scenes & Tunes From An African Ghost Town

Question: What creates a ghost town?

Answer: Rapid population, rapid depopulation.

Dangerous Minds – “Ghost towns are the residue of booms and busts, expectations of substantial monetary gain that for whatever reason failed to materialize. Wherever resources can be exploited and depleted, there you will find, at some point, ghost towns. In the United States we have ghost towns where the Gold Rush happened, where railroads or interstate highways suddenly diverted opportunities elsewhere.

The modern story of Africa is largely one of exploitation at the hands of the European powers, so it’s probably not surprising that they have ghost towns there, too. One of the most remarkable exists in Namibia. It’s called Kolmanskop; the Germans who created settlements to mine the diamonds there called it “Kolmanskuppe.”

The 1910s were a big decade for Kolmanskop: the Germans created a veritable German Gesellschaft there, complete with a hospital, a ballroom, a power station, a school, a theater, even an ice factory, no small luxury in balmy Namibia. World War I put an end to all that; the town crept along until 1954 before becoming abandoned for good.

At that point, the sands started to take over the town and those sands are transforming Kolmanskop into a haunting, beautiful artifact.

French photographer Romain Veillon has a jaw-dropping series of photographs of Kolmanskop called “Les Sables Du Temps”—“The Sands of Time.” The title is a cliché, of course, but something about the material demands a cliché of that sort. In addition to whatever fleeting political point they evoke, the images are really about man’s transience in the face of implacable nature…”

Full Story + More Breathtaking Photographs

Serenading Ghosts, recorded overnight at Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Namibia, April 2012…

Janis Ian: A “Songwriter’s Songwriter”

Janis Ian (born Janis Eddy Fink, April 7, 1951) is an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist and science fiction author.

“She was younger than forever.

She was older than goodbye.”

Wiki- “Born to a Jewish family in New York City, she was primarily raised in New Jersey and attended East Orange High School in East Orange, New Jersey and the New York City High School of Music & Art. Her parents, Victor (a music teacher) and Pearl, ran a summer camp in upstate New York. In that Cold War era they were frequently under government surveillance because of their left-wing politics. Ian would allude to these years later in her song God and the FBI.

As a child she admired the work of folk pioneers such as Joan Baez and Odetta. Starting with piano lessons at the age of six or seven, Ian, by the time she entered her teens, had learned the organ, harpsichord, French horn, flute and guitar. At the age of 12, she wrote her first song, “Hair of Spun Gold,” which was subsequently published in the folk publication Broadside and was later recorded for her debut album. In 1964, she legally changed her name to Janis Ian (her new last name being her brother Eric’s middle name).

At the age of 13, Ian wrote and sang her first hit single, “Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking)”, about an interracial romance forbidden by a girl’s mother and frowned upon by her peers and teachers. Produced by George “Shadow” Morton and released three times from 1965 to 1967, “Society’s Child” finally became a national hit upon its third release after Leonard Bernstein featured it in a CBS TV special titled Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution. The song’s lyrical content was taboo for some radio stations, and they withdrew or banned it from their playlists accordingly; in her 2008 autobiography Society’s Child, Ian recalls receiving hate mail and death threats as a response to the song, and mentions that a radio station in Atlanta that played it was burned down. In the summer of 1967, “Society’s Child” reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the single having sold 600,000 copies, and the album 350,000.”

An astonishing performance by 16 year old Janis on the Smothers Brothers show…

“Ian relates on her website that, although the song was originally intended for Atlantic Records and the label paid for her recording session, the label subsequently returned the master to her and quietly refused to release it. Years later, Ian says, Atlantic’s president at the time, Jerry Wexler, publicly apologized to her for this. The single and Ian’s 1967 eponymous debut album were finally released on Verve Forecast; her album was also a hit, reaching #29. In 2001, “Society’s Child” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors recordings considered timeless and important to music history. Her early music was compiled on a double CD entitled Society’s Child: The Verve Recordings in 1995.

“Society’s Child” stigmatized Ian as a one-hit wonder until her most successful single in the United States, “At Seventeen”, a bittersweet commentary on adolescent cruelty, the illusion of popularity, and teenage angst, as reflected upon from the perspective of a 24-year-old, was released in 1975. “At Seventeen” was a major hit, receiving tremendous acclaim from critics and record buyers alike—it charted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It won the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female beating out Linda Ronstadt, who was nominated for her Heart Like a Wheel album; Olivia Newton-John; and Helen Reddy.

Ian performed “At Seventeen” as a musical guest on the debut of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975. The song’s album, Between the Lines, was also a smash and hit #1 on Billboard’s Album chart. It was quickly certified Gold and later earned a ‘Platinum’ certification for sales of over one million copies sold in the US. Another measure of her success is anecdotal: on Valentine’s Day 1977, Ian received 461 Valentine cards, having indicated in the lyrics to “At Seventeen” that she never received any as a teenager.”

This was one of my dad’s favorite songs; I nearly wore out the album as a kid and still have his 45…

“Ian reached the pop charts only once more after “At Seventeen” (“Under the Covers”, #71 in 1981), though she had several more songs reach the Adult Contemporary singles chart through 1980 (all failing to make the Top 20, however). She walked away from her CBS contract in 1982 while it still had three albums to go. Ian deliberately spent much of the 1980s and early 1990s without a record deal. During the 1982–1992 period she continued to write songs, often in collaboration with songwriting partner Kye Fleming, which were covered by the likes of Amy Grant, Bette Midler and Marti Jones. She also studied under acting coach Stella Adler and struck up a close friendship with her, which continued until the latter’s death in 1992.

Ian finally became one of the first “indie artists,” resurfacing in 1993, with the release of Breaking Silence and its title song about incest. She also came out as a lesbian at the time of the release of that album. On 6/25/1993, Ian appeared on The Howard Stern Show, where she performed a “new” version of “At Seventeen” about Jerry Seinfeld.

Ian’s album, Folk Is The New Black, was released jointly by the Rude Girl and Cooking Vinyl labels in 2006. It is the first in over 20 years where she did all the songwriting herself.

Other artists have recorded Ian’s compositions, most notably Roberta Flack, who had a hit in 1973 with Ian’s song “Jesse”, also recorded by Joan Baez and Dottie West; Ian’s own version is featured on her 1974 album Stars (the title song of which has also been oft-covered, including versions by Cher, Nina Simone and Barbara Cook). Other artists who have recorded or performed songs written or co-written by Janis Ian include Amy Grant, Jeanette Dimech, Sheena Easton, Michele Pillar, Mel Torme, Michelle Wright, Bette Midler (“Some People’s Lives,” a song written by Ian and her then-partner Kye Fleming, became the title song of her 1990 album), Jann Arden, and Japanese singer Shiina Ringo (covered Ian’s breakthrough Japanese hit, “Love Is Blind”).

Ian continues to tour, with a round of concerts scheduled for the United Kingdom in the Spring of 2014, and a series of appearances in the US after that.” 

My all-time favorite Janis song…Enjoy!

2014 Tour Dates

Janis Ian on Facebook

No More Trouble

♫ ~ As we made our way around the world we encountered love, hate, rich and poor, black and white, and many different religious groups and ideologies. It became very clear that as a human race we need to transcend from the darkness to the light and music is our weapon of the future. This song around the world features musicians who have seen and overcome conflict and hatred with love and perseverance. We don’t need more trouble, what we need is love. The spirit of Bob Marley always lives on. ~♫